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Awesome Family Car Stickers: My Zombie Family
Those are awesome. Why use the boring traditional version you see everywhere when you can use these?
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april 2012 by L33Fly
Braun Digital Global Radio Alarm Clocks Build On a Classic
Personally, I think the analog Dieter Rams Braun AB1 alarm clock still holds the title as the most perfect travel size clock, but the Braun designers have done a commendable job of capturing the simplicity+utility of the AB1 in their updated line of digital clocks designed for travelers... More

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Free Lightroom 4 Preset: Sun Flare (Cross Process)
Nicolesy’s “Sun Flare” cross-processing preset. (Click on images to view larger.)

If you use Lightroom, here’s a preset I made specifically for Lightroom 4 users! (It will work in earlier versions, it might just turn out with a slightly different look). Feel free to download and enjoy. It’s a very warm, cross-processed effect that goes well with portraits, still-life, landscapes … just about anything, really. :) Here’s the link to download the Sun Flare Lightroom 4 preset.

If you’d like more if this style of preset, check out my new Lightroom preset pack, a Cross Process Presets Pack for Lightroom 4, at the onOne Marketplace, specifically designed for the new processing sliders inside of Lightroom 4. They’re packs of ten for $9.95 each … I have a few other packs in there as well, including a B&W Preset Pack and a Film Preset Pack. Also, if you use onOne Perfect Effects (including the brand-new FREE version), I have a few preset packs available as well specifically for that software (with more on the way!). Here’s a link to all of the presets available for purchase at the onOne Marketplace.

How to install a Lightroom Preset:

First, download your preset and unzip/extract the file.
Next, in Lightroom, go to the Develop module.
In the “Presets” panel on the left, select or create a folder where you’d like to place your new preset.
Right-click on the folder and select “Import…”.
Navigate to the new preset and click the IMPORT button.

BTW, if you’re interested in any of the onOne software products, use the discount code NICOLESY for 10% off. :)

Copyright © 2012 Nicolesy, Inc - Nicolesy (All Rights Reserved)
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april 2012 by L33Fly
iPhone Shutter Grip Adds Grip And Shutter Release To iPhone
This is the iPhone Shutter Grip. Can you guess what it does? That’s right: It adds a handgrip and a shutter release to your iPhone, letting you snap pictures one handed, and generally take photos without dropping the iPhone.
It even has a built-in tripod mount, and a secret second button.

The iPhone Shutter Grip comes from Photojojo, and will cost you just $40. It is adjustable, so it will clamp onto your iPhone 4 whether it is naked or dressed in a case, and talks to the iPhone via the 30-pin connector.
Aside from the big black button for snapping a photo, there is a smaller red button which can be used to capture video. My Panasonic GF1 has this same setup and its surprisingly useful to be able to shoot a quick clip without changing modes.
To manage its magic, the grip needs to be paired with the Belkin LiveAction app, which is free from the App Store. So you can’t use it directly with Instagram, but then again, I find taking photos from within Instagram itself to be a pain anyway.
If I had an iPhone, I’d be all over this like urine on a mens room toilet seat. As it is, I just have to hope somebody comes up with a way to add a shutter button to the iPad which — despite its great new camera — is still really hard to take pictures with.
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april 2012 by L33Fly
WordPress Basics for Photographers: Part One
I am a big fan of WordPress. I love the ease of use, and the total attention to quality that the WordPress folks apply to the changes and updates to the core product.

I also love traditional websites and feel that they do have their place for photographers. But many photographers don’t want to have to learn any coding or programs like Dreamweaver and CoffeeCup. And that’s fine.

Sure, there are other content management tools like Joomla out there… but the interfaces and limitations that make them great for corporate and larger sites make them a bit of a problem for photographers.

The point of this workshop in four installments is to get you up and running on a gorgeous WP Theme and get your work to market.

Part ONE: Choosing a Template

Not all WordPress Themes are created equal. There are free themes, inexpensive themes and custom themes.

If this is your first site, let’s look at getting the right theme for you.

Free themes can be a great bargain. There are some really good ones out there, and I will list a few for you.

Caveats: No support on free themes, and there may not be any updates coming as WordPress keeps changing. That may not be problematic at all for you if you plan on changing themes every year or so.

Inexpensive Themes: (Less than $50). These usually come with support and are backed up by updates. When WP changes or updates a new theme item may be needed to be rewritten, or tweeked.

Custom Themes: We are not going to look at custom themes, as they can run from a couple of hundred to a couple of thousand dollars.

The Themes

A Theme is a look and feel design that is overlaid on the WordPress base code. The theme is different than the content.

So if you change themes, you don’t lose your content. It just changes into looking like the new theme you have chosen.


WordPress began as a blogging tool. That means the latest post was on the home page, and the “posts” went in reverse hierarchical order. Last post in, first post up.

That was great for blogging, but we need a theme that is more like a website with a home page, additional pages, a portfolio and a blog built in. That is the type of Themes we will be looking at.

Installing WordPress

Most hosts have a “One Click” method for installing WordPress, or will let you know where the WordPress is running on your server. WordPress is NOT your website, it is the system of files and folders that will form the base of your website and allow you to manage your content with ease.

Check with your host for instructions on installing WordPress on your server. I use HostGator and GoDaddy for my servers. GoDaddy has a request form that you will fill out and they will install it and let you know that it has been installed. HostGator uses a tool called Fantastico that is about 2 clicks to installing WordPress and the installation is instantaneous. Other hosts may use different tools.

Choosing a Theme

This is where a lot of photographers get bogged down. There are a lot of choices to be made, and a lot of different theme tools that can be used to advantage – or get in the way – when you start down the road of getting your WordPress up.

Let’s look at what we need:

A “Home” page.

An “About” page.

A “Portfolio” page.

A “Contact” page.

Some “Projects” pages.

And some other assorted pages that you may want to use for your specific business – a “Fees” page, or a “Prints” page.

And we want to feature our photography right up front.

When you are looking for a theme that may be useful for you, consider looking for themes that have a very clean look… I prefer minimalistic designs, but you may prefer something more illustrative or with texture.

Responsive Themes: Are They Important.


And no.

I am currently working on my www.dongiannatti.com site and have chosen a responsive theme for it.

What does that mean? It means that the site will reconfigure for screens of different sizes and resolutions. While the new iPads have more than enough resolution to show a site full size, Android and iPhones do not. So instead of the normal thing that we have to do when browsing the internet on our phones… you know… pinching and making parts bigger so we can click and such.

The site will actually reconfigure to be more smart-phone friendly.

While that may be a big consideration for some folks (I am doing it for my design site, but Essentials for Photographers will not be responsive) it may not be for others.

We also have a few plugins that can do the same thing… stay tuned for more on plugins.

Choosing a Theme

When I am looking for a theme, I want to see how many choices are given to me, as well as how easy it would be to customize the site.

Some themes are cast in stone, and some are fairly open. I have some experience in code, but you may not. If you are looking for a theme to be used right out of the box, then the options should be easy for you to work with.

Ask yourself these questions;

1. What do I want to ‘say’ with my opening page?
Are you fun and full of personality, more formal in approach, or somewhere in between? Are you fashionable and ultra-stylish, or ‘Americana’ old world styled. Does your logo give you some ideas on what you are about… and how will that logo look with the style you are looking at?

2. What do you want the visitor to do?

3. Do you want to show “projects” or “stories” to entice the visitor?

4. Will you be blogging? And will you be showing recent blog posts on the home page somewhere?

5. Will this be a very interactive site – blog and portfolio and projects and ‘what’s new’ all wrapped up in there, or a simple “portfolio” site that has the bare amount of pages and a portfolio?

Note that there are no wrong answers and there will be no test later. Heh.


There are several ways to show your portfolio within WordPress. WordPress ships with a very nice gallery tool and there are many additional types that can be added as a plug in. Most are variations of the “Lightbox” type of gallery – click on an image and it gets larger in the middle of the screen – and they work very well. I like the way they show portfolios, but can be a bit limiting when it comes to ordering and re-ordering the images. But for a basic shooter, they work great.

Here it is in action at Project 52.

You can also use the elegant portfolio tool from SlideShowPro.net.

A few clicks and it is installed.

GalleryPro is another alternative (full disclosure, I am part owner in this).

You can see it in action here on E4P.

So choosing and having a specific look and feel for your portfolio is fairly easy to accomplish.


So here is our first assignment: Take a look at the themes that are out there.

Theme Trust.

Elegant Themes

Theme Forest


(I am an affiliate for some of these. Purchasing through these links helps support this site with no additional costs to you.)

So take a look and see what is out there.

Look for something that says “you” and that you feel will support your images.

Note: this is Part One.

In Part Two we will look at some specific tools and styles that will work best, so do NOT purchase anything yet. We will get to that after we do Part Two.


1. Begin with making a folder of your images for the portfolio. Do not worry about sizing them yet, we will do that when we know what size your theme is calling for.

2. Research “About Me” pages. What do you want to say about you… and yeah, every site has an about me page so get over it. You will need some biographical material as well as a photograph of you.

3. What will you want on your contact page? Will a map be a good addition? Will you want a form? Start planning how and in which manner you want people to contact you.

4. Take a few screen shots of themes you like. Be sure to name them with information that will allow you to find them again. It is important to see where things lay out when you are planning your theme.

5. Think about colors and textures… will they enhance or detract from your imagery? Will there be any challenges with your current logo? Will your logo work in the space provided by the theme designer?

OK – we are off on Part One.

Next Week will officially look at purchasing and installing the theme you like.

I am teaching a workshop tomorrow, April 5 at creativeLIVE. It runs through April 7. Hit www.creativeLIVE.com for more info and to check out the other great workshops they offer.
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april 2012 by L33Fly
DIY Stadium Style Home Theater Seating Final Frame
Designer Simone Tasca stacked twelve reclaimed wood shipping pallets and created one comfortable looking spot to invite a group of friends to lay back and watch a movie. More

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Hacking Together Whole Home Audio With Apple, Logitech, and Rogue Amoeba
Logitech UE Air AirPlay-Enabled Speaker

I love music. I love having music on all over the house. In the “old” days, you could tune a radio in each room to the same radio station, and experience whole home audio – with advertisements, and people talking over the beginnings and ends of songs. But there was a higher idea to strive for: rich people could have their whole houses wired with speakers, run off a central stereo amplifier. That was what luxury was all about!

Fast forward to today. Music is in the process of democratization on a scale we couldn’t have imagined a couple decades ago. Today, we can carry around more music in our pockets that we could listen to in a year of continuous play. And we can make phone calls and shoot movies on the same devices that do it. We live, as they say, in the future.

But whole home audio is still a bit of a luxury item. The best known example is the Sonos family of speakers and associated devices which allow you to connect a music source and stream music wirelessly to quality speakers located wherever you like throughout your home. It works, it sounds good, but it’s not cheap. Their main speaker runs $399, its smaller cousin is $299, and if you want to pipe music into your existing stereo/home theater system, their Connect device costs $349. Still a bit pricey.

Then, this week, the folks at Logitech sent me a review sample of their new UE Air Speaker. The UE Air is a good quality, room-filling speaker, whose special feature is that it’s Logitech’s first AirPlay-enabled speaker. AirPlay, for the uninitiated, is Apple’s proprietary protocol for sending audio wirelessly to speakers and having them all play in sync at the same time. AirPlay is built into iTunes on both the OSX and Windows versions, making it pretty easy for people to stream their digital music libraries from their computers to anywhere they can set up an AirPlay-receiving speaker in the house. The long-desired promise of whole home audio.

Except AirPlay-compatible speakers have been relatively rare, and not cheap. The UE Air is $399 – pretty comparable to the Sonos, actually, in both price and functionality. It works well – you can get it logged onto your home network using a personal computer or an iOS device in quick order, and then it just shows up as another available speaker for iTunes. It also had an ejectable dock so you can mount an iOS directly to the speaker and run it that way. Simple, with a good sound. In a way, it closes a gap in Logitech’s wireless speaker line that’s been there for a while, and it does it with class. But it’s not cheap.

And, not to steal Logitech’s thunder, but I’ve been hacking together whole home audio for a while now, in somewhat cheaper fashion. Let me tell you how.

First, getting your music to your home entertainment center? Apple TV is an AirPlay receiver, so for $99 (instead of Sonos’ $349) you can get all your digital music, and whatever internet radio you can add to iTunes, to your 7.1 surround system pretty easily. But what about Pandora? What about LastFM? Or MOG?

Well, it turns out there is a fine solution. Long-time Mac software company Rogue Amoeba has put out a lovely little program called Airfoil for both Macs and Windows machines. For $25, Airfoil will extend AirPlay one very useful step further: it will turn any AirPlay-capable device into a receiver. This includes iPads, iPhones, iPod Touches, Apple TVs, Macs and PCs running iTunes, and AirPlay-enabled speakers. In a very important way, this changes the game.

I’ll paint a picture of my home. I have a laptop, connected to a Logitech Wireless Boombox in my workspace (I’ve reviewed the Boombox before – it’s a great portable speaker, and works great as both computer speakers and something you can take on the road with you, but you could substitute any set of powered computer speakers and make do). I have the Logitech UE Air review unit now located in the game room. We have a 1st generation Apple TV connected to our home entertainment center in the living room. And we have a 1st generation iPod Touch whose audio out feeds into a set of computer speakers in our bedroom. With Airfoil over the home network, we have a whole home system that can play any audio from my laptop – iTunes, Pandora, my SomaFM app, or whatever.

My point is this: with the odds and ends most technically-competent geeks already have lying around, it won’t cost much more to hack together a functional whole home audio system. And while AirPlay-capable speakers are very cool – and if you’re in the market, the Logitech UE Air is a fine one to choose – you can make do with much of what you already have, and perhaps pick up a little software and less-expensive hardware to make it work for now.
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april 2012 by L33Fly
Behold: The Mmmm-llenium Chocolate Falcon [Pic]

[ohsnapitsjuzdin | via Kicking Ewoks for Fun]
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march 2012 by L33Fly
Warm Coffee signed print and more new prints available in the...
Warm Coffee signed print

and more new prints available in the store Building a World
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Use an RSS Feed as a Desktop Background [OS X Tips]
If you’re not using the RSS screensaver on your Mac, we’ll forgive you. This time. With a little terminal code and your favorite RSS feed, however, you can get this bad boy to display behind all your apps and desktop icons, as your desktop wallpaper. Cool, huh? Go ahead and drop into System Preferences and then click on the Screensaver tab of the Desktop & Screensaver preference pane. Notice that there’s a Screensaver called RSS Visualizer. Select it. Click on the Options button in the lower right corner, under the blue cloud image. Select one of the RSS feeds already provided to you by Apple, or add your own favorite RSS URL in the field at the bottom. Cult of Mac RSS feed, anyone?
Once you’ve set that up, issue the following command in Terminal: /System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ScreenSaverEngine.app/Contents/MacOS/ScreenSaverEngine -background
As long as you don’t change Spaces, or expect to actually press the number keys to read the stories, you’re good to go. You can watch as long as you like, until you’re bored–not that you would be with our RSS feed, mind you–and hit Control-C to end the process.
Seems like a cool way to keep up to date on the latest news from your favorite website, right?
[Source: AppStorm]
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march 2012 by L33Fly
Grove’s Felt + Bamboo iPad Case
I see a lot of iPad products, but not a lot like these. Grove’s 3rd generation iPad case is simply gorgeous. Hand-crafted in their Portland workshop, this hard bamboo CNC-milled case has coated with three coats of a natural citrus oil and wax blend and an ultra-suede lining. But the icing on the cake is the felt or leather cover.

The leather is all-natural, American-made, vegetable-tanned and the high-end wool is imported from Germany. Held together with magnets, there are some details on the case that make it very, very nice: for example, the wooden power button and the nice speaker vent.

You can also get custom images engraved on the bamboo or special illustrations from Grove’s exclusive Artist Series on the cover.

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march 2012 by L33Fly
Color-Changing Tile to Create Transforming Spaces
[ By Delana in Architecture & Design & Furniture & Interiors & Green Technologies. ]

The tiles that line your bathroom might be nice to look at, but what do they actually do? The color-changing tiles from Moving Color take a regular bathroom and make it into an ever-changing work of art.

(image via: Apartment Therapy)
Moving Color’s products turn their environments into dynamic and ever-changing spaces by reacting to ambient temperatures. They start out as one color when cool, then slowly change color as they warm up.

(image via: Moving Color)
The glass tiles, made of 20-80% recycled materials, change colors in gradual steps through the color spectrum as they warm up. Whether the warmth is applied through hot water, the touch of a warm hand or simply the rising air temperature in a room, the changes result in a spectacular hypercolor display.

(image via: BrainStorm)
Although the obvious applications would seem to be wall coverings in bathrooms and kitchens – the two rooms in the home that undergo the most extreme temperature changes – the heat-sensitive tiles could be used in a multitude of applications. The manufacturer suggests using them for artful displays on walls or floors, or even as creative elements in children’s books.

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Apple Pleases IT Crowd With iPad Configurator
Stop, configurate and listen, Apple's back with a brand new application
Apple is getting really serious about using the iPad in large organizations. School and workplace admin people are going to be very pleased with Apple Configurator, a new Mac app which lets you — surprise! — configure multiple iPads at once, all from the comfort of your own computer screen.

Configurator lets you set up up to 30 iPads at a time and manage them from afar. You can install apps, backup and restore settings, copy and paste settings from one iPad to another and quickly reassign an iPad, wiping its data and replacing it with somebody else’s.
You can also dig deeper, syncing documents between Configurator and any iPad (handy in schools, and also if, say, your employees all need some new Keynote presentation or catalog). You can even remotely configure many options usually found in the Settings app, including Wi-Fi passwords, e-mail accounts, CalDEV and so on.
This is going to make things much easier for IT folks. On the other hand, I suspect many people are just buying their own iPads and taking them to work. I can imagine exactly what I’d say to Cult of Mac head honcho Leander Kahney if he told me to submit my iPad to his master computer (fun fact: Leander has never owned a MacBook. He still uses a G4 cube hooked up to a car battery when he travels*).
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march 2012 by L33Fly
8 Things Every Camera Owner Should Know About Their Camera
by Lynford Morton from www.photocoachpro.com.

If you want to make the evolution from pointing and shooting to creating art, one of the things you must do is master your camera. I’m talking the kind of mastery where you can pick up your camera in most situations and begin firing quickly without too much fiddling around. 

How do you do that? Practice when there’s nothing at stake. Assuming you have some down time over the holiday break, here are 8 things you should learn about your camera. 

1. Where does unacceptable noise begin on your ISO range?
Your manufacturer says your camera can shoot a wide ISO range, but you won’t always want to do that. As you select a higher ISO setting, your images show more noise – bigger pixels. At what point in your camera does the noise become unacceptable? Take a series of pictures at progressively higher ISO settings and compare. Find out before it really matters. 

2. Where’s the sweet spot on your lens?
This is a similar concept. Your zoom lens has a smaller range that is sharper than the outer edges. Just because the camera says 70 mm – 300 mm doesn’t mean it is sharp for that entire range. That inner limit where your lens performs best is generally referred to as your sweet spot. Do you know what that range is on your favorite lens? The only way to find out is to experiment. 

3. What’s the fastest way to change your settings?
In many cameras, there is more than one way to change your metering, focus type, or white balance. If you are shooting and need to make quick adjustments, what’s the fastest way to do it? You never know when you might need to react without thinking. 

4. Should you calibrate exposure?
Is your camera consistently shooting over or under exposed? Are you always having to dial in exposure compensation? This might be a good time to grab a grey card and practice getting your exposure correctly. Your default might be 1/3 stop under or over exposed. 

5. How do you adjust your flash?
Yes, sometimes you will actually have to use your (gasp) flash. With most DSLRs, you can adjust how the flash fires – normal, red eye, or rear curtain – or with what intensity. Do you know where to make those adjustments? It’s possible when you need them, you could be in the dark. Always good to know where to begin fumbling. 

6. Do you have a reset routine?
When you finish shooting for the day, do you return the camera to any default settings? Do you check those settings when you pick up your camera for the day? You might come up with your own “start” settings that will work if you ever need to grab and go. 

For instance, at the end of a shoot, you might return your camera to ISO 400, Aperture Priority f/9, Evaluative Metering, Exposure Compensation set to 0, and Auto White Balance. If you pick up the camera and run out in a hurry, you’ll be set to get most basic shots. The last thing you want to do is start shooting and find that your camera is still in last night’s extreme set up. Establish your own routine. Is it before the shoot, after, or both? When will you reset and what? 

7. What’s your accessories routine?
When do you recharge your batteries? How frequently? What’s the routine for the tripod plate? When do you empty your memory cards? Simple organization routines can help you from ending up on a shoot with a dead battery or full memory card…or worse yet, a tripod with no plate. 

8. What’s your workflow system?
What’s your organization system for your pictures? It’s been a while since we used a Dewey Decimal library system, but you will need your own version for your photos. As you collect more and more pictures, a good tagging and filing system will save hours of searching later. That’s a good mindless exercise for a slow day. 

Knowing your tools is often a skill that makes the difference in your photos. When I was in the Army, we had to practice taking apart and reassembling our weapons so much that we could do it in our sleep. The Army believed the point you needed your weapon most was not the time to start learning its nuances. 

The same concept goes for your camera. Take the time to learn your camera when there is low pressure or expectations, like down time over the holiday break. When you’re shooting high impact events in 2012, everything should flow naturally. 

Lynford Morton is founder and president of PhotoTour DC. He teaches photography during walking workshops around Washington, DC., and blogs at www.photocoachpro.com. Visit him at www.phototourdc.com.

Post originally from: Digital Photography Tips.

Check out our more Photography Tips at Photography Tips for Beginners, Portrait Photography Tips and Wedding Photography Tips.

8 Things Every Camera Owner Should Know About Their Camera
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march 2012 by L33Fly
First Look: Messages for Mac
Messages beta is out today for Lion users. Once you install and launch it, you'll be asked to sign in with your Apple ID -- be sure to use the same one you use for Messages on your iOS device.
In my test drive, it's capable and fun to use... and weird. Basically this app is a mashup of Messages on iOS, iChat, and FaceTime. But since it's in beta, you might run into some strangeness. I sure did.
Bear in mind a few things: 1. It's beta. 2. I just got it a couple hours ago. I've tried to test as much as I can, but it's possible (probable?) I'm missing a few things or just doing things wrong. If you know better about any of the things I found weird, or you've run into weirdness of your own, please hit up the comments! We'll figure this out together.
Signing In
How it's done: You start with your Apple ID. Like in FaceTime, you can add more email addresses. If an email address you add isn't already associated with your Apple ID, you'll need to verify it.
Any weirdness? No. So far so good.
Adding IM accounts
How it's done: If you've been using iChat for IM, those accounts should already be added. Otherwise, go to Messages > Preferences > Accounts and add your AIM (including Mac.com and Me.com), Google Talk, Yahoo, and Jabber accounts. Bonjour is supported too.
Any weirdness? A little: Your buddy list, which is the handy unified buddy list that was added to iChat in version 4, isn't on by default. So you don't feel as dumb as I do searching for it, go to Window > Buddies, or press Command-1. Once the Buddies window is open and selected, you can play with the View menu options to change its look.
Sending a Message
How it works: Click the "write" button at the top left of the Messages window. Then fill out the To field. Typing a name results in an auto-complete feature that shows all the phone numbers and email addresses for that name, pulled from Address Book, and their IM accounts. Email addresses and phone numbers will be labeled "iMessage" and IM accounts will be labeled with that IM service. Or you can click the + button to add names from a pop-up list of Contacts (Address Book) or Buddies (your IM accounts' Buddies lists). If the Buddies window is open, just double-click a name to start an IM conversation.
Any weirdness? Yes. The Help menu (Help > Messages Help) says that if a phone number or email address hasn't been added to iMessages, it'll show up red when you select it. But that didn't reliably happen for me. I tried to send a message to Cody's work email, which didn't show up red, but the iMessage failed when it couldn't be delievered. When I selected my parents' land line, it did show up red, and attempting to message it immediately displayed a pop-up that iMessage wasn't available.
Receiving a message
I don't know how to take a screenshot of something that isn't happening... but I swear there were more iMessage messages in this chat than the three that randomly showed up on my iPhone.
How it works: If someone sends you an IM or iMessage and there isn't already a conversation going in the Messages window, you'll see a pop-up window with their message, and you have to click Accept to get into the chat (the other options are Decline and Block). If you don't have your Messages app open, you'll see unread messages appear as a badge icon in the Dock. Help claims that you'll receive iMessages on "all properly configured mobile devices with iOS 5.0 or later installed."
Any weirdness? Tons. iMessages sent by several friends seemed to always go to Messages on my Mac, if it was open of course, and as badge icons when it was closed. But only a few showed up on my phone, whether Messages on the Mac was open or not. Sometimes in a given Messages conversation on the Mac, some messages appeared on the iPhone and others didn't. Help > Messages Help has a list of suggestions under "Fix iMessage issues," but none of them helped me -- hopefully you'll have more luck. (And my iPhone has been dropping its network connection pretty often lately, so that might be why.) Also, if I sent an iMessage to a contact and they wrote back using a different email address as their "caller ID" (Messages > Preferences > Accounts > iMessage account's Caller ID drop-down), I got the reply in a pop-up window I had to accept, instead of in the chat window I had going.
File Transfers
How it works: You can drag and drop a file, image, video, and so on into the iMessage dialog and it'll be sent right along. The recipient can double-click it to Quick Look it (you can play videos and listen to audio files from that Quick Look window), and/or drag it to their Desktop to save it. I was able to send images to my phone by sending an iMessage to my phone number.
Any weirdness? Nope, this is straightforward and SUPER handy.
Audio and video chat
How it works: The Messages window has a video icon in the upper right. If you have an iMessage conversation selected and you click that icon, it'll show a list of that person's email addresses and phone numbers and offer to FaceTime them. FaceTime opens in the separate app. If you have an IM conversation going, clicking the video icon offers choices to video or audio chat in the normal iChat fashion. (The Buddies window also has video/audio icons by your IM contacts who are available to video/audio chat.) Right-click an IM contact's name for the screen sharing options.
Any weirdness? Not really. It's just a little confusing for me since the IM and iMessages chats are both in the same window, although each chat is labeled if you select it in the sidebar and scroll up to the top. One thing that would be cool is if a contact was offline, refused your video chat request, or didn't pick up your FaceTime call, if Messages let you record a quick video greeting to be delivered when they came back.
Other weirdness- I could see my IM contacts' profile pictures, but no profile pictures showed up on my iMessage chats. People I was iMessage-chatting with could see my profile picture, though. Weird!
- Address Book now has green dots by people's names (that's new, right?) if you can iMessage/IM them. If you click one of those green dots, the Messages window comes to the front and a New Message is created in the sidebar on the left, but their name isn't auto-populated in the To field. Weird!
- My iMessages pals reported that when they closed Messages on their Mac, unread iMessages I continued to send them showed up on their phones. But that didn't work for me reliably. Just one here or there, but not all. All unread messages did appear badged on the Messages Dock icon, though. Suuuper weird!
But so far, I still have to say that Messages is cool.
More cool things- It supports the Photo Booth-like video effects in IM video chats, same as iChat 4.
- You can change the look of the chat window by right-clicking it and selecting a new look (balloons, boxes, or compact), or going to View > Messages.
- I am an Emoji hater myself (I know, I know...lemme hear it), but the fact that you can send Emoji from the Mac to the phone (Edit > Special Characters) is pretty cool. Smileys show up on the phone as their text equivalents, though.
- I like having all the chats in one window, but if that gets confusing or annoying, you can double-click any chat in the sidebar to break it out into its own window.
And that's what I've noticed so far! What do you think: "Messages yay!" or "Messages, weird!"? What are the things that make YOU go "Hmmmm"?
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february 2012 by L33Fly
Here’s What iOS Would Have Looked Like In The 80′s [Gallery]
Remember how cool Palm Pilots were back in the day, and that weird Apple Tablet thing called the Newton? Well what would the iPhone’s operating system look like if it was designed back in 1986? We were getting in touch with our feminine side on Pinterest today and found the answer. Behold, iOS 0.0.1 straight from 1986. Looks great, doesn’t it? Check out some more images below.


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february 2012 by L33Fly
Cinemagram = Instant GIFs
I don’t really release photos to the world via Facebook or whatever without first running them through the Instagram filter.  People hate sometimes, but the pictures really look cooler afterward.  NOW, we have something even cooler! Cinemagram converts videos into short animations.  Yeaaaahhh!  *takes video of self doing karate*
Buy them in the iTunes App Store ($1.99)!!!!
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february 2012 by L33Fly
Gather These Twenty-Five Documents You Need Before You Die [Life Planning]
Do your loved ones a favor and organize these important documents so in case something happens to you they can easily make financial decisions and act on your behalf. The Wall Street Journal explains which policies and documents to make accessible. More »
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february 2012 by L33Fly
10 Easy Tune Up Tips For Your Windows PC
Like a car, it's always a good idea to take your computer in for a regular "tune up" to optimize your machine's performance. We've pushed a few maintenance tips for OS X users, and now we've got 10 ways to tune up tips for your PC, directly from the horse's mouth, Microsoft... More

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february 2012 by L33Fly
How-To: Set up a home file server using FreeNAS
Ask Engadget: What's the best budget NAS? Kingston Wi-Drive for iOS hits stores today, lets you create your own portable music server for $130 Tilera sees sense in the server wars, puts just 36 cores in its newest processorIn today's digital world we've all got data, and lots of it. Our libraries are also growing rapidly: where you used to get by setting aside a few bookshelves for your books, CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes, we now require untold server space to preserve our beloved media in digitized form. We also want our data to be itinerant, or at least seem that way. That is, if you want to take a book or disc to another room of your abode, you pull it from the bookshelf and take it with you. Similarly, if you're working on a document upstairs on your desktop and you want to move to the den with your laptop, you'll need the proper infrastructure working in the background to enable that kind of wizardry. So, how can we create this "digital bookshelf?" Can you go out and buy it now? Can you build it in your garage? As it turns out, the answer is "yes" on all counts. You could go out and buy a Drobo device but in this case, we're going to assemble our own. And we're going to do that with the help of an open source storage platform called FreeNAS. So how involved a process is that? Meet us after the break to find out.Continue reading How-To: Set up a home file server using FreeNAS
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february 2012 by L33Fly
Use A Screensaver As Your Desktop Wallpaper [Video How-To]
Ever wanted to spruce up your plain, boring desktop? There’s actually a way you can use your screensaver as your desktop wallpaper. In this video, I’ll show you two different ways of going about doing this.

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cd /System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/
ScreenSaverEngine.app/Contents/MacOS/ScreenSaverEngine -background
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february 2012 by L33Fly
Sync Your Contacts With Twitter To Add Usernames & Photos To Your Address Book [iOS Tip]
We’ve already shown you how to sync your address book with the Facebook app for iOS to add profile pictures and other credentials, but what if you prefer to use Twitter instead? Well, fortunately for you, you can also sync your address book with Twitter, and it’s incredibly easy thanks to iOS 5′s Twitter integration.
First, open up the Settings app on your device and tap on the Twitter tab. You’ll need to be logged in to sync your contacts, so if you don’t already have your Twitter account set up, enter your username and password and tap ‘Sign In’.

Now all you have to do is tap the ‘Update Contacts’ button to sync Twitter profile images and usernames with your address book.

Once the sync is complete, you’ll find your contacts — with a Twitter account — now have profile images, and a quick link to their Twitter profile, which will launch the Twitter app when you tap on it.
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january 2012 by L33Fly
Honest iPhone Wallpapers [Pic]
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january 2012 by L33Fly
Star Wars Uncut is Finally Online
Last May GaS revealed a trailer for a “crowdsourced” project that endevoured to re-create Star Wars IV: A New Hope 15 seconds at a time using whatever creative medium the contributor wished. The team behind the project gathered the submissions online and began to stitch together a feature film recreation.
Well, today the final product has been published online. If you have 2 hours or so to kill, it looks like a lot of fun.

This looks truly remarkable and incredibly creative. The style and imagery changes from children in makeshift costumes to cut and paste stop motion. If you find one particular segment to be not-to-your-liking then just wait 15 seconds!
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january 2012 by L33Fly
2011 Year in Review: Best of Tech
Okay gadget guys and gals. We’ve curated the best of Design Milk’s technology offerings this year, and they encompass the cute (a kiddie iPad) to the crucial (great workspaces) to innovative (grocery shopping via billboard) to the just plain useful (a soundless alarm clock). While some are simply for play, others allow you to take existing gizmos to a whole new level.

anaPad anaPad is a children’s magnetic white board made in the exact dimensions of an iPad that comes with an erasable marker and app-style magnets. Almost as good, though twice as cute, as the real thing.

Silent Alarm Clock Designer Johan Brengesjo developed an alarm clock that wakes you up without sound. Instead, you wear a wireless rubber ring with an integrated vibration device that generates a tactile alarm. It’s almost as blissful as sleeping in.

Must-Have Accessories for Today’s Laptop Gone are the giant briefcase-like chunky laptop bags that look like, well, laptop bags. Good riddance we say. Stylish and slim laptop sleeves and bags are must-haves, and make (hint hint) perfect holiday presents.

Money Shredding Alarm Clock Got a problem with your snooze button? Not with this alarm clock you won’t. It shreds your cash if you don’t get out of bed. Seriously.

1969 Dodge Chinook Mobile Juice and Cocktail Bar Portland-based design firm Von Tundra converted a 1969 Dodge Chinook into a mobile juice and cocktail bar. The driver not only serves street food, but hosts guests inside, and it sure is snazzy.

Defining the Designer Workspace Design Milk curated the workspaces of some of our favorite designers, artists, and creative types. Get inspired…
Wood Camera iPhone 4 Case Interestingly, the back-to-basics feel of this wooden iPhone 4 case from Photojojo makes for an au courant cover.

DIY iPhone Case by Connect Design Connect Design’s fun DIY iPhone 4G DIY case melds a crafty cross-stitch with all the geekiness of video games, Apple logos, and superheroes.

iPhone SLR Mount Photojojo’s iPhone SLR mount is one of the coolest iPhone add-ons we’ve seen. The simple adapter allows you to use your old-fashioned Canon EOS or Nikon SLR lenses with your up-to-the-minute iPhone 4 –- with depth of field and manual focus.

The Future of Grocery Shopping? Grocery chain Tesco launched an innovative new shopping concept, Home Plus, in South Korea. Billboards featuring common grocery items, complete with QR codes, line subway stations. Commuter simply scan the codes with their cell phones and wait for selected groceries to show up on their doorstep. We’re hoping to see this in a subway near us soon!
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december 2011 by L33Fly
Look and Listen: Workspace and Playlist Best of 2011
Music and design often go hand-in-hand -- as a great track or playlist can be driving the force behind our creative energy. Here we present to you our favorite pieces from the Workspace and Playlist section. Expand your mind by viewing some interesting workspaces, and open your ears to new tunes that you may not have discovered yet. Tune in below...
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december 2011 by L33Fly
23 TOP Google+ Photographs for December 21
Do you wonder what the TOP photos published by G+ photography enthusiasts on December 21 were?
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Copycats & Clones: 24 Near-Identical Architectural Designs
[ By Steph in Architecture & Design & Furniture & Interiors. ]

You know you’ve got a winning architectural design when strikingly similar structures begin popping up around the world. Sometimes, these similarities are just coincidences. Sometimes, they’re due to the same architect repeating a theme. And at other times – well – imitation really is the best form of flattery. These 12 pairs of buildings and interiors are almost identical in many cases, from an intentional copy of Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Farnsworth House to the evidently Zaha Hadid-inspired Liverpool Museum.

Banq Restaurant & Xm3

(images via: yatzer + archdaily)
Fluid, curving sheets of wood form what seems to be a highly unusual ceiling design in Boston’s Banq Restaurant by Office dA, Inc, built in 2008. But this wasn’t the first and would not be the last time such a design was integrated into a building interior. The earliest example is the Farkasret Mortuary Chapel, built in Hungary in 1975, which actually resembles a huge wooden ribcage and spine. The W Hotel & Residences in New York City was built in 2008-2009, and the Xm3 restaurant of Poland (pictured) was completed in 2011. See even more examples at PostPost.

Metropol Parasol & Swoosh Pavilion

(images via: yatzer + dezeen)
The world’s largest wooden structure is an absolute stunner, a huge multi-story pavilion and walkway made of bonded timber with a polyurethane coating that provides shade, architectural interest and above all an important landmark for the city of Seville, Spain. The Metropol Parasol’s high profile since its design was first revealed in 2004 is likely the reason many people found the Swoosh Pavilion by students at the Architectural Association school so familiar. The Swoosh Pavilion uses a similar concept, on a much smaller scale; it was erected temporarily in 2008 for the London Festival of Architecture.

Hanoi Museum & China Pavilion

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Inverted pyramids are a popular motif in modern architecture, perhaps because they literally turn an ancient and very familiar man-made shape on its head. Two notable examples that may lead to a few double-takes are the Hanoi Museum, designed by German architectural firm GMP, and the national pavilion for China’s 2010 World Expo, which has since been turned into a national history museum. The Hanoi Museum sits on a beautiful reflecting pool; the 56 wooden brackets used to construct the China Pavilion’s roof are highly symbolic, representing the 56 minority ethnic groups in China.

Hemeroscopium House & Rishikesh House

(images via: archdaily + dezeen)
Both are residences with large, U-shaped cantilevered concrete shapes jutting out from their roofs, looking almost like unfinished freeway ramps. The Hemeroscropium house in Madrid by Ensamble Studio was entirely pre-fabricated and took only seven days to assemble. The structure on the roof of this house is actually an infinity pool, while the similar structure atop the Rishikeshi House by Mumbai architects Rajiv Saini + Associates seems to be simply decorative.

Toree Agbar & Swiss Re Headquarters

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Known locally as the Gherkin for its decidedly pickle-like shape, 30 St. Mary Axe – the Swiss Re Headquarters – instantly became an iconic part of London’s skyline when it was completed in 2004. The Torre Agbar by Jean Nouvel, located in Barcelona, is a glittering spire that serves as the headquarters of the local municipal water company; it features aluminum panels in 25 colors as well as 4,400 windows and 55,619 transparent and translucent glass plates. It was completed in 2005.

Riverside Museum & PEGS Junior Boys School

(images via: archdaily 1 + 2)
A stark graphic silhouette of a house forms the basis of both Zaha Hadid’s Riverside Museum in Glasgow, Scotland and the PEGS Junior Boy’s School in Melbourne, Australia. The former is a bit more stylized, with a white-edged roofline on one side and black on the other, topping giant walls of windows. The latter is sharper, more defined, even including the shape of a chimney, and features glossy black brick in its construction.

The San Remo & The Eldorado

(images via: postpost)
If as a traveler in New York City it seems you’re passing the same building numerous times, rest assured that you’re not lost, and you’re not going crazy. The El Dorado at 300 Central Park West looks almost like an exact replica of The San Remo, which is located in the same area. Both were built in 1931, and both were at least partially designed by architect Emery Roth. The twin towers of each residential building are remarkably similar. When they were built, the San Remo apartments were much pricier, while the lower-rent El Dorado apartments were smaller and more modern. Both buildings now house plenty of celebrities and apartments within sell for up to ten million dollars each.

Farnsworth House & Glass House

(images via: archdaily 1 + 2)
Philip Johnson’s Glass House, built for himself on a 47-acre estate in Connecticut, was openly inspired by the iconic Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe. Both houses are relatively small single-story structures, one black and one white; the Farnsworth House is elevated off the ground. Evidently, van der Rohe was less than impressed with Johnson’s creation. According to ArchDaily, “It is said that the brilliant mentor to Philip Johnson stormed out in fury because of what he interpreted as a lack of thought in the details of the house.”

Maxxi Museum & Liverpool Museum

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When the Museum of Liverpool debuted this year, it’s safe to say that fans of the architect Zaha Hadid were not amused. The Liverpool museum resembles, more than a little bit, the award-winning design of the Maxxi Museum in Rome, which spent over a decade in development and construction. Designed by Dutch architects 3XN, the Liverpool Museum is the largest National Museum to be built in the UK in over 100 years and sits on a UNESCO World Heritage Site along the Mersey River. The Maxxi is the National Museum of 21st Century Art and features an interior that is decidedly more complex.

Serpentine Pavilion & Nestle Museum

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Both of these buildings are blood-red, a highly unusual choice for architecture. That alone is what brought the 2010 incarnation of the temporary Serpentine Pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery in London to mind when the Nestle Museum by Metro Arquitectos debuted in 2011. Jean Nouvel designed the Serpentine Pavilion in geometric forms made of glass, polycarbonate and fabric, and absolutely everything in it was red. The public viewing structure of the Nestle Chocolate Museum, located on the side of a highway between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, certainly attracts attention.

Museo Soumaya & Selfridges

(images via: contemporist + dezeen)
When multiple nearly-windowless scaled metallic buildings pop up, they’re bound to get noticed. First there was the 2007 Selfridges building in Birmingham, England, by Future Systems Architects. Smooth and shiny, the four-story building resembles a giant water-rounded boulder with its 15,000 spun aluminum discs painted blue. Then, in 2011, FREE Fernando Romero EnterprisE completed its anvil-shaped Museo Soumaya in Mexico City, which is covered in hexagonal aluminum tiles.

St. Mary’s Cathedral & San Josemaria Escriva Church

(images via: postpost)
One was built in 1963, the other was only just completed in 2011. But St. Mary’s Cathedral in Tokyo and San Josemaria Escriva Church in Mexico City certainly resemble each other, all the more so because their shared characteristics are so unique. St. Mary’s is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tokyo and was designed by Kenzo Tange. As opposed to St. Mary’s cross shape, San Josemaria is a single volume, rising from the ground at an angle. The former resembles another St. Mary’s in San Francisco, while the latter is visually similar to the Luce Memorial Chapel in Taiwan.

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december 2011 by L33Fly
Photo News Roundup: Dec. 16-22
Photo News of the Week is a new feature on Phototuts+ bringing you the news from all aspects of photography. It is a quick way to keep up with technology, trends and leaders in the craft. And if you have news from the week to share, please drop a link in the comments!

Each week we’ll be featuring three items from three different areas of photography. If you have suggestions for our news roundup, please email them here.

Community: Focussion photo critique website

If you’re looking to take your photography to the level, there’s nothing better than constructive criticism. Lucky, there’s a website just for it. Focussion allows you to upload photos and get them critiqued by others who are passionate about their craft. Even if you don’t have anything you’re willing to post for public scrutiny, browsing the site is a good way to improve your visual literacy. By viewing the images, you can see which images work and which images fail, more importantly, you can read why.

Ebook: How Award-Winning Travel Photographs Are Taken by Mitchell Kanashkevich

Photography guide publisher, Light Stalking has just released a new ebook about travel photography. The author, Mitchell Kanashkevich, a photographer for Getty and Corbis and who’s work has been seen on the cover of Geographical magazine and Digital SLR Photographer as well as in many other magazines. The new ebook takes an in-depth look at several specific photographs. You can see more of Kanashkevich’s work on his website, mitchellkphotos.com.

App: Wander, a photo penpal site

Wander is a free smartphone app for iPhone with an Android version in the works. Here’s how it works. You sign up and give the app your general location. The app matches you with another user in a different location called your “guide.” Then the app will prompt you and your guide with three daily photo assignments, such as one asking you to photograph what’s out your window. For a week, you can exchange photos and change, then the app will assign you a new guide in a new location. I’m very excited about this, it’s the very best of social media, wireless internet and mobile photography all wrapped into one. If you’re interested in different cultures or parts of the world, this is for you. If you’re interested in making connections with people across the globe, this is for you. The app has a built-in translator as well!

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How to Remove the Disk-hogging Sleepimage File from Your Mac
If you've ever used a large file discovery tool like Daisy Disk, you may have stumbled upon a peculiarly large filed dubbed sleepimage. This file is a by-product of Safe Sleep and it's basically a saved state of your Mac's memory when it goes to sleep. MacBooks especially use this file to save your contents before the battery completely loses its charge. When you start up your system, the Mac will restore this data from the sleepimage file.
Regardless of how important this file may sound, it's actually completely unneccessary. So why not free up some hard disk space by eliminating it? Read on to find out how.
The file may be unecessary for some (and this feature certaintly wasn't included on Macs made before 2005), but if you are constantly in a situation where you lose juice and your MacBook has to hibernate, you may not want to disable the Safe Sleep feature. Disabling the Safe Sleep feature means that contents in RAM will not be backed up to the drive should your Mac need to hibernate. When you start your machine back up, your Mac will perform a normal reboot without restoring windows, and opened files.
Removing the File
Luckily, the sleepimage file can be removed without any injury. The file will simply be rebuilt whenever your Mac needs to use Safe Sleep again. To save some space on your Mac, open Terminal (located in /Applications/Utilities), and type in the following command, followed by the enter key:
sudo rm /private/var/vm/sleepimageAfter you press enter, you will be asked to type your administrator password. Type it and press enter, and the file will vanish from your Mac, leaving you with extra disk space.
Prevent the File from Being RebuiltYou can remove the sleepimage file all you want; however, your Mac will automatically rebuild it when needed. By disabling Safe Sleep, this file will never be created by your Mac again, saving this space indefinitely.
You can disable safe sleep with many applications, but we prefer using the Terminal. To begin, fire up Terminal and type in the following command followed by the enter key:
pmset -g | grep hibernatemode This will print out (to the screen) the current hibernatemode setting. By default, this is “hibernatemode 3”, which means that RAM contents are written to the disk upon sleeping. Be sure to take note of what number your current machine is set to so that you can return to this mode should anything go horribly wrong.
In order to go back to the old style sleep method where Safe Sleep is disabled (no longer writing the sleepimage to disk), we will want to be in “hibernatemode 0.”To change this type the following command into Terminal:
sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 0 You will be required to type your password, after which, the new hibernatemode setting will be saved. You can check that the setting has been changed by typing:
pmset -g | grep hibernatemode Should any problems arise, you can simply replace “hibernatemode 0” with “hibernatemode 3” (or whatever your Mac was previously set to) in the pmset -a statement above, entering the command into Terminal and pressing the enter key. Follow this article’s author, Cory Bohon on Twitter.
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december 2011 by L33Fly
How to Read News on your iOS Device with FLUD
On par with the Kindle, iPad was designed to be the ultimate on-the-go back-lit reading device. What's better: the iPad has opened the doors to exploring new social media options. With FLUD [iTunes link], you can read your favorite feeds and easily share articles with your friends. Read on to find out how.
What's FLUD?
With FLUD, you can easily share articles you're reading with your FLUD followers, or "fllud" their activity feed. Clever, non? To do this, simply tap on the heart button in the toolbar of any article. We'll get more into this a little later.
Adding News Sources
FLUD comes preloaded with several news sources, including The Huffington Post, Mashable, and a few others. To add an additional feed, tap on the "Add Sources" button in the top-right of the app.
The Add Sources pop up will appear, allowing you to easily choose a new source to add. You can browse by category, add a Facebook or Twitter feed, or import from Google Reader.
Tapping the "Manage My Sources" option at the bottom of this listing will let you easily remove, or re-arrange the order of your sources.
Viewing the Activity Feed
Clicking the small chat bubble icon in the toolbar will bring up the activity feed. From here, you can view the activity of the people you follow and what they are currently "Fludding" (reading). Tapping on any of the article titles will open the article for your reading pleasure.
Reading News ItemsOn the main screen of FLUD, you can see all of the news sources that you are subscribed to. FLUD automatically pulls in an image, and displays the title of the article. Clicking on any of the articles in the list underneath the source will bring you to  the full article and presents it in an easy-to-read format without all of the web clutter.
While reading the article, you can see the number of Fludders and readers at the top of the page next to the Close button. In the bottom toolbar, you have access to the share features, you can switch from Text View to Web View, or you can tweet, Flud, or share the article on Facebook.
Using the Share Features
When you tap on the Share button in the bottom toolbar of any article, you get access to some actions to Copy, Email, Open in Safari, or SMS the article. You can also use outside services to share the article, like Facebook, Instapaper, Read It Later, Tumblr, and Twitter.
Follow this article's author, Cory Bohon on Twitter.
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december 2011 by L33Fly
Real Racing 2 Comes To The Mac App Store, And You Can Steer With Your iPhone!
This is turning out to be a gamer’s Christmas on the Mac App Store. Following yesterday’s surprise release of Limbo for Mac, Firemint’s beloved Real Racing 2 has also arrived on OS X, with all of the best features of the iOS version, including a 16 car grid, Quick Race and Career modes, 15 racing tracks and over 30 officially licensed cars including the 2010 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500, 2010 Nissan GT-R (R35), 2012 McLaren MP4-12C and more. In our eyes, though, the killer feature is the ability to steer your car using your iPhone or iPad. Get Real Racing 2 here.
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december 2011 by L33Fly
Qupzilla – the Best Browser You’ve Never Heard of?
With the browser market dominated by Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer you could be forgiven for thinking that small browsers have little to offer.

But Qupzilla, a multi-platform Qt-based web-browser, is worth taking for a spin. It boasts features comparable to Chrome and Firefox, yet uses less resources than either.

The webkit wonder, developed by Czech Linux user David Rosca, doesn’t reply on any KDE dependencies – thus making it an ideal solution for the performance and space conscious.

Qupzilla is more than able to hold its own against the market leaders when it comes to features, boasting: -

Native look + theme support
One window History, Bookmarks manager and RSS Reader
Integrated AdBlock support
Private browsing
Configurable interface
Set your search engine
Chrome and Firefox bookmark importing

The speed-dial in particular is extremely well implemented, boasting drag n’ drop positioning, hover over controls, etc.

Bookmarking sites is very feels very ‘Chrome-like’. Just hit the star, edit the info and choose a place to save it to – including directly to the Speed Dial.

The preferences window is well stocked, with some fantastic privacy features included too.

As much promise as Qupzilla shows it’s fair to say that it is has a number of ‘issues’. The biggest of which is crashing.

If I’m not able to use an application with confidence then, generally, I don’t use it at all. Qupzilla errs dangerously close to the cusp of acceptability with regards to this, but the good news is that with each update things get better – so I’m willing to ride my frustrations out.

How to install Qupzilla in Ubuntu
Adding Qupzilla in Ubuntu requires addition of the Qupzilla PPA.

To install Qupzilla in Ubuntu 11.10 run the following two commands in a terminal, or add the section in bold to your Software Sources before updating and installing ‘Qupzilla’ from the Ubuntu Software Centre.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nowrep/qupzilla
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install qupzilla

Bugs can reported over @ github.com/nowrep/QupZilla/issues
Qupzilla – the Best Browser You’ve Never Heard of? OMG! Ubuntu! - Everything Ubuntu. Daily.
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december 2011 by L33Fly
Little Studio
Swedish designers Marit Lissdaniels and Angelica Utterberg are the creative minds behind Little Studio, a company that makes graphic prints, pillowcases, trays, and cutting boards. The duo is inspired by how children view the world and the way they think outside the box where, as they say, “a triangle could just be a triangle – but it can also be a mountain.” Their happy and colorful designs are playful enough for children but will work equally as well for adults.

Share This: Twitter | Facebook | Discover more great design by following Design Milk on Twitter and Facebook. © 2011 Design Milk | Posted by Caroline in Art, Home Furnishings | Permalink | 1 comment
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december 2011 by L33Fly
Moose’s Realistic HDR
I’ve been flooded with emails and phone calls asking about how I do “realistic” HDR. Keep in mind, it starts and ends at the camera. I don’t have a video, yet, for that part on my site (you can find them at Kelby Training) but I do have a video for processing an image in Photomatix Pro. Now the video is a little old (on the to do list) but the basics are all there for you.

What I can do though is provide you my settings for realistic HDR for Photomatix Pro. Simply click on this link to download Moose Basics and then install them in the Preset Folder under HDR and then click on Moose Basics under the Your Presets in Photomatix Pro. I hope this helps folks but just keep in mind two very important things with HDR, it starts in the camera (which means not ever photo should be HDR just because you can) and is finished in Photoshop. Now like usual, understand I’m doing this my way which is more then likely not the right way. You, the photographer and communicator must as yourself real simply, “Does this work for my photography or not?” If it does, great, if not, that is perfectly fine too!
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december 2011 by L33Fly
Vision Is Better, Volume 2
Over a year ago I released Vision Is Better, essentially an eBook version of this blog, and it’s become one of the best-selling titles under the Craft & Vision umbrella, which I think is (a) awesome and (b) amusing. I’m not quiet about the fact that Vision Is Better, and now Vision Is Better, Volume 2, is really just a great re-hash of this blog; the last thing I want is to quietly sell you something you could get for free. The reason we offer it is because, well, you really can’t get this for free. We’ve taken the blog, pulled out a ton of the somewhat dated content, announcements, and general chaff, then we added a couple previously unpublished essays, took out some (but not all of the original typos) and had our Design Ninja, Luke Taylor, re-package it. And it’s yours to access on your iPad, or laptop, whenever and wherever you like. No surfing, no frantic looking for a wifi signal, no huge data bills just to find that essay you want to re-read.
Vision Is Better 2 is similar to the first in that we’ve collected the best essays from the blog, and bundled them together. It differs because this year was profoundly different for me, and so there’s some of that journey too. If you read this blog (and you do, don’t try to tell me you don’t!) you know this year wrapped itself around an unexpected life-changing adventure for me, and some of that is in there too. So is the Life is Short stuff. And the usual rants. And bigger photographs than what you get on the blog. Frankly, it’s what this blog should be, but isn’t because I’m busy and these walls don’t just fall off themselves, you know. (Inside joke which you will totally find hilarious if you buy this ebook.)
If you read this blog (see comment above!) then think of this as your yearbook. If we meet in person I’ll sign it. If you do not read this blog (ahem), then you’ll still want it because, I believe, it can make you a better photographer. No, not like that new lens was meant to do. If there’s one thing I believe will make us all stronger photographers, it’s mindfulness. Intent. (Please don’t make me use the word “vision” again.). The subtitle for Vision is Better was Free the Mind, Free The Camera. This time it’s Free The Mind, The Camera Will Follow. Same, same, but different, (as they say in S.E. Asia) because the reason I continue to write remains the same: the way we think is the way we see, and we’ll make better photographs when we spend as much time honing our minds and our hearts as we do memorizing the buttons on the camera.
As you can imagine, there’s a ton of pages in this thing. If you love this blog and don’t want to shell out $5, it’ll still be here as it always is. Free. But if you want to access this content over and over again, in a format that’s easier to read, a little more intentionally curated, and includes a couple essays I’ve never published, then it’s all yours, as it always is, for only $5. Unless you buy it this week, then it’s only $4. And of course, those of you with a subscription to the Craft & Vision Community, this is yours to download for free this month.

Save $1 – Pay just $4 if you use coupon code VIB4. Save $3 – Get the Vision is Best Bundle for $7 if you use coupon code VIB7. Save 20% – Get 5+ PDF eBooks for less if you use the discount code VIB20.

These discount codes expire Wednesday, December 21 at 11:59pm (PST).
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december 2011 by L33Fly
Turn Your iPad Into An Info Center With iDashboard App
If you’re an iPad user and sick of waiting for something like the Mac’s Dashboard to appear on your tablet, you’ll love to know about iDashboard, a new iPad offering that consolidates many individual apps into one screen.

Are you getting a bit dizzy from flipping between multiple apps on your iPad? Check out Facebook and your Twitter feed all at once. Also, learn about the weather and the news. Check your calendar and then see if it’ll rain on your parade — all without flipping from app to app.
The $1.99 iDashboard app is now available at Apple’s App Store. The app, from BolderImage, “brings together all of the best parts of the iPad into a single interface,” said David Gruen, Senior Vice President at the company. The new app appears to be getting rave reviews from users, so why not give it a shot?
Here’s a video of iDashboard in action:

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december 2011 by L33Fly
The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine Is Free On iTunes
If you’re a big fan of The Beatles’ psychotropic adventure to save Pepperland from the hopping foots and music-hating Blue Meanies, here’s a great deal: Apple is offering the children’s e-book adaptation of The Beatles Yellow Submarine for free to anyone who wants to download it.

In the iBook, clips from the movie have been added to the text and can be viewed on any page, either as embedded videos or expanded to full-screen. There’s also a gaggle of interactive animations, boinking sound effects and Yoko-free music clips to enjoy.
Even if it were rendered in dead tree pulp instead of electrons, the Yellow Submarine book isn’t exactly a rat-crusher at just 43 pages, but if you’re a Yellow Submarine fan or just want to familiarize your small children with the acid-fueled dreams and dementia of the 60s, this is the free e-book for you.
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december 2011 by L33Fly
Win This iPhone and iPad Cases from Poketo! Holiday Giveaway 2011
To All Apartment Therapy Holiday Giveaways

Name: iPhone and iPad Cases
Store: Poketo
Value: $84

Description: Clean design and color meet in this minimalist iPad Case. Secure your iPad with the help of three discreet silver posts that fit easily into the eyelets for easy closure and opening. This beautiful and simple case comes in 4 colors and fits the iPad 1 and iPad 2, as well as the iPad Smart Cover. The iPhone cases are modeled from the earth's jagged landforms, these cases have a soft, silicone texture that feels great in the palm of your hand. This case hugs your phone and perfectly protects it while giving you easy access to all controls and ports. Choose from lime, white, and black. Go below the fold to enter!
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december 2011 by L33Fly
Best Wall Clocks 2011
It's no secret that we are obsessed with clocks. The way different designers interpret the simple telling of time has always intrigued us—thus our repeated roundups of the best-of-the-best each year. Take a look at our picks for 2011 and add to the list with your favorite by leaving a comment.
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december 2011 by L33Fly
Change The Boring Default Login Screen Wallpaper In OS X Lion [Video How-To]
Sick and tired of seeing the same old linen wallpaper on the login screen every time you boot up your computer? It can get pretty boring after a while. In this video, I’ll show you how to change Lion’s login screen wallpaper to whatever you’d like.

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december 2011 by L33Fly
How to Optimize Your Mac with Onyx
In the mood to do some housekeeping on your Mac? Onyx for your Mac can do it all, for the low, low price of free! Free is wonderful, and especially when it comes to keeping your system fresh. Onyx has been around for awhile now and with every new iteration it just keeps getting better. You can use for tasks like drive verification, system maintenance, and getting rid of extraneous files. It's been updated for Lion, so let's take a look!You can download Onyx from the developer, Titanium Software's website.
Running Maintenance ScriptsMaintenance scripts help keep your Mac running in tip-top shape. There are scripts that your Mac automatically runs on a Daily, Weekly, and Monthly basis, but with Onyx, you can run these scripts on your own schedule.
Head over to Maintenance > Scripts. Once there, select the checkboxes for Daily Scripts, Weekly Scripts, Monthly Scripts, and if you wish, Delete System Archived Logs. Once done, click the Execute button to have Onyx run the checked scripts.
Cleaning Your MacIf winter, spring, or whatever-season cleaning is more of your thing, you can head over to the Cleaning tab in Onyx.
In the System tab, you can have Onyx clean the following cache elements from your system: - Boot Cache- Kernel and Extensions- International Preferences (Character Palatte Cache, Keyboard Viewer Cache, and more) - CUPS Jobs- Directory Services - QuickTime components - Audio components - Other components All of these cache items take up valuable drive space; so, depending on when you cleaned these items last, you may get back some of this disk space.
In the User tab, you can delete the following items from the cache: - Applications - Preferences of System Panels - Audio Units - Java and Applets Java - Desktop Background - International Preferences - Dock Icons - ColorSync - QuickLook - Temporary Items Check the items that you wish to remove from the cache, and then click the Execute button to have the scripts run to remove the cache elements from your Mac.
The Internet tab will let you easily remove browser-specific items from your Mac without having to open your web browser. You can remove: - Browser Cache - Download Cache - Browser History - Recent Searches - Web Page Previews - Bookmark Icons - Form Values- CookiesNote that form values and cookies (may) spare you from the typing of user names, passwords, and other required info when you revisit a Web form (like MacLife.com, and other websites). You should use these items with caution. When you are ready to delete the browser-specific items, click the Execute button.
The Fonts tab will let you remove the following items from the Fonts Cache: - System and Users Font Cache- Adobe Systems Font Cache - Microsoft Font Cache - Quark Font Cache - Some Open Source Application's Font CacheNote that after cleaning the font Cache of these applications, some apps may take unusually longer to open on the next launch as it rebuilds the cache. Be patient when opening applications that have recent had their caches cleared.
The Logs tab will let you clear the following Log files on your Mac: - Log Files- Apple Software Update Log - Bash Log - System Archived Logs (Deletes logs archived by maintenance scripts) - Instant Message Logs - User Diagnostic Reports - System Diagnostic Reports - Mobile Devices CrashReporter

And, finally, the Misc. tab will let you remove the following files from your Mac: - Recent items (from the Apple menu) - Recent conversions of Calculator - Items in the Mail Downloads folder - Items in the Saved Searches folder (The items in the sidebar are not deleted)- Obsolete items - Previous iTunes Libraries - "My Computers" list in Screen Sharing - QuickTime Content Guide (for pre-QuickTime X versions)
Cleaning and maintaning your Mac's OS is imperitive. Using the features of Onyx we've mentioned above is one way to keep your Mac speedy. Remember that it's always a good idea to reboot your Mac after using any of these cleaning options.
Follow this article's author, Cory Bohon on Twitter.
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december 2011 by L33Fly
Flipboard Launches Beautiful New iPhone App
Flipboard has launched its official iPhone app with a gorgeous design and the new “Cover Stories” layout, or “the feed to check when you’re in line at the coffee shop, commuting on the train or just hanging out at home.”
Riding the coattails of a phenomenal iPad app, Flipboard is looking to be the best place for reading the internet on your iPhone.

With Flipboard for iPhone we’re introducing Cover Stories — one place to quickly catch up on some of the most interesting news, updates and photos being shared with you right now. The more you interact with your friends and the stories being shared, the smarter Cover Stories gets. You can refine what appears here by adding content to your Flipboard, muting anyone you’d rather not hear from, and connecting to your social networks. Cover Stories will be coming to your iPad in the near future.
If you’d like to bring everything you have on your Flipboard to your iPhone, create a Flipboard Account on your iPad, download Flipboard to your iPhone, and then sign in. Creating a Flipboard Account also gives you access to All Timelines, a single section containing all the articles and photos being shared across all your social networks.
Finally, Flipboard for iPhone is fast. Scan through pages as quickly as you can with just a flick of a thumb. If you find something interesting, just tap to slide it open.
Flipboard for iPhone is now available for free in the App Store.
An interview with the CEO of Flipboard:

Let us know what you think of Flipboard’s iPhone app in the comments!
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december 2011 by L33Fly
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